President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani said in a new interview that the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could uncover details of a Ukrainian plot against Trump and Russian Federation.
Assange is in British jail and faces extradition to the United States on charges he conspired to reveal government secrets and hack into Pentagon computers. This could mean the end for press freedom.
"The extradition of Julian Assange to the US for exposing evidence of atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan should be opposed by the British government, "tweeted Jeremy Corbyn, the opposition party's leader".
Assange is expected to fight extradition to the USA, a process that could stretch out for years.
The American charges that Assange faces relate to WikiLeaks' publication of documents on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, using files leaked by Chelsea Manning.
While the "feces" allegation was not the only strike against Assange - he was also accused of meddling in Ecuador's political affairs to influence the country's government - but his conduct as a guest at the embassy certainly did not help.
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That distinction could be vital in the US Government's case and complicate Assange's efforts to cast the prosecution as infringing on press freedom. Though prosecutors dropped this investigation, Assange still faced British charges of failing to appear in front of a court when ordered to.
For Swedish prosecutors, there was little to do with Assange outside of the reach of British police due to the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, which says law enforcement officers of a host country can not enter an embassy or consulate without permission.
Assange and his supporters say he's a journalist who deserves legal protections for publishing stolen material.
Deputy Director of Public Prosecution Eva-Marie Persson said prosecutors will examine the case before determining how to proceed.
Elisabeth Massi Fritz, a Swedish lawyer who is representing a woman who alleged that Assange raped her, told the Associated Press via text message Thursday that "we are going to do everything" to have the Swedish case reopened "so Assange can be extradited to Sweden and prosecuted for rape".
Moreno earlier tweeted that Ecuador was within its "sovereign rights" to withdraw Assange's asylum "for repeatedly violating global conventions and the protocol of co-habitation". Assange ultimately requested more information related to the password, telling Manning that while he had tried to crack it, he "had no luck so far".